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Sibelius: Karelia Suite, etc / Osmo Vänskä, Lahti SO

Album Summary

>Sibelius, Jean : Karelia Suite, Op. 11
>Sibelius, Jean : King Christian II (Kung Kristian II), incidental music for voice & orchestra, Op. 27
>Sibelius, Jean : Pelléas et Mélisande, incidental music for orchestra, Op. 46
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Sibelius supplied four numbers for the February 1898 Helsinki premiere of Adolf Paul's historical drama King Christian II - the ' Minuet', 'The Fool's Song', 'Elegy' and 'Musette' - and these eventually took their place in the five-movement concert suite alongside the 'Nocturne', 'Serenade' and 'Ballade' which the composer completed the same summer. The street music of the 'Musette' is simply delightful in its original garb without added strings, and in both the 'Serenade' and 'Ballade' Vänskä uncovers strong thematic and stylistic links with the almost exactly contemporaneous First Symphony. The defiant quality these fine artists bring to 'The Fool's Song' ( eloquently delivered by Raimo Laukka) is also very likeable. Music-making of refreshing perception and meticulous sensitivity similarly illuminates this first complete recording of Sibelius's original incidental music for a 1905 production of Maeterlinck's symbolist play (the venue was again Helsinki's Swedish Theatre)... For optimum results, therefore, playback needs to be higher than many listeners may think reasonable. That said, the engineering is quite spectacularly truthful throughout and there's no doubt that this is an unusually absorbing collection.



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>Sibelius, Jean : Karelia Suite, Op. 11
  • Conductor: Osmo Vänskä
  • Ensemble: Lahti Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 17 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1893

>Sibelius, Jean : King Christian II (Kung Kristian II), incidental music for voice & orchestra, Op. 27
  • Conductor: Osmo Vänskä
  • Ensemble: Lahti Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 29 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1898

>Sibelius, Jean : Pelléas et Mélisande, incidental music for orchestra, Op. 46
  • Performer: Anna-Lisa Jakobsson
  • Conductor: Osmo Vänskä
  • Ensemble: Lahti Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 28 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1905